Mar 4, 2011 12:55 PM by Greg Boyce

Man who shot dog says he had no choice

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The man who fatally shot a bullmastiff that was attacking his greyhound says his only option was to kill the dog.

The Gazette reports that Robert McCombs' 70-pound greyhound Cooper needed five staples in his neck after the 140-pound dog attacked.  The bullmastiff's owner, Tammy Martinez, said her dog Flato wasn't dangerous.  McCombs said he heard someone across the street struggling with their dog but didn't turn around until he heard yelling. He said the bullmastiff was running across the street, dragging Martinez. He said the two dogs fought before the bigger one fastened on the greyhound's neck.

After trying to drag the bull mastiff off the greyhound, McCombs said he kicked him before pulling out a gun and shooting him twice. The Humane Society is investigating whether it's a case of animal cruelty.

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